Pluralism Without Islam: Global Center for Pluralism

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Global Center for Pluralism: Not even a single Muslim on the Board? Global Center for Pluralism: Not even a single Muslim on the Board?

What is Pluralism?

Pluralism says that every belief out there in the world is equally legitimate and has truth to it and we should blindly embrace it – no matter if an individual’s belief is in the divinity of a cow, or a monkey or any pagan god. To define pluralism in Rodney King’s simplistic phrase:

Can’t we all just get along?

Global Center for Pluralism: Yet another money-making ‘Charity’

The Global Center for Pluralism is yet another ‘self-sustaining’ (which translates into ‘money-making’) charity established by the Aga Khan with himself as the Chairman, his daughter Zahra Aga Khan, his Ismāʿīli followers Azim Nanji and Khalil Shariff (CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada) in the Board of Directors. Dr. Marwan Muasher from Jordan who recently joined the Board of Directors is a Greek Orthodox Christian. There is…

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Hazar Imam’s Birthday “Salgirah Mubarak” in Light of The Quran

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Ismailis celebrate birthday of Aga Khan as known as Salgirah Mubarak as a Ismaili religious ceremony with intention of getting hasanaat (thawab or reward). Ismailis celebrate Salgirah day by playing dandiya, raas, dancing with blaring music being played in the background, intermingling of sexes etc are unislamic practices whose impermissibility  needs no elaboration.

Ismailis adopt dressing that resemble with the dressing of the actors and actresses of Bollywood. Dresses worn by certain actors in certain films are ordered or custom made on a huge cost which is just a waste of money. Ismaili women and girls spend hours in the beauty parlor to get there hair done and face made up, men try their utmost to look younger and young boys adopt the latest fashion whose ultimate goals are to attract opposite sexes during these festivities, leading to zina or adultery.

Dandiya Raas

Dandiya Raas is a type of a dance…

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Aga Khan: Secret Agent by Harry J. Greenwall

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In the book “His Highness The Aga Khan: Imam of the Ismailis“, the foreword of which is written by Aga Khan III himself, Harry J. Greenwall talks about Aga Khan’s services to the British and how one of his missions led to the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate. A must read for any Ismaili. The complete book can be downloaded from the English Downloads section of www.insideismailism.net.

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See You in Court: How Hazar Imam Took Two Ismailis to Court

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For the first time in history, Nizari Ismāʿīlīs are actually now “deeply concerned” about being dragged in court if they do not listen to Hazar Imām. In an unprecedented move, Aga Khan IV sued Alnaz Jiwa and Nagib Tajdin in Canadian courts ignoring his own Ismaili International Conciliation and Arbitration Borad (ICAB) and National Conciliation and Arbitration Board (NCAB) which he himself has established for settling disputes inside his own community.

The ‘shocked’ Ismāʿīlīs were Alnaz Jiwa and Nagib Tajdin – both from the Canadian Ismāʿīlī Jamaat. The Law Times News stated that the Aga Khan alleged in the claim that Jiwa and Montreal businessman Nagib Tajdin infringed his copyright and moral rights by compiling a book that collected addresses delivered to Ismaili communities around the world between 1957, when he assumed his title, and 2009.

The book included 589 Farmans – addresses the Aga…

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Truth About Ismāʿīlī Gināns

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Ismaili Ginan glorifying Sukhdev, son of the sage Vyasa (credited as the organizer of the Vedas and Puranas) and the main narrator of the Bhagavata Purana. Aga Khan has endorsed Ginans as the interpretation of Quran.

Ginans (devotional songs in Indian languages) are the basis and foundation of Ismailism. Disputing the preaching of a Ginan by a Ismaili would be similar in significance to the contradiction of the teachings of the Quran by a believing Muslim. Any study of the Ismaili Tariqah, without the study of the origins of Ginans and their influence upon Ismailis, would be an incomplete study.

Who Wrote The Ginans?

Forefathers of the present day Khoja Ismailis were converted by Pirs (پیر) from Hinduism with the Ginanic preaching.

“Pir” is a Persian word. It means Murshid, Guru, an authorized teacher. For a Ismaili, the teachings of a Pir are to be obeyed, word for word.

Al-Waez Abualy A. Aziz…

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The Secret Life of the Aga Khan

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Aga in Waiting Cover

When the flamboyant Aga Khan, regarded as a ‘living god’ by his 15 million Islamic followers, collided with a snowboarder on the slopes of Courchevel last year, and was flown to hospital in Boston with serious injuries, the incredibly delicate issue of his succession was raised for the first time. As a result, the accident was kept secret for more than two months and hospital staff were under instructions not to disclose the identity of their famous patient.

The Aga Khan, 71, made a full recovery, but ever since his advisers have been quietly focusing on the suitability of his eldest son Prince Rahim, 36, to inherit the title (although, ultimately, it is the Aga Khan’s decision).

Known jokingly as ‘Jesus’ or ‘the Son of God’ by his friends, the Prince is intelligent, capable and charismatic, but has inherited his father’s taste for the high life. ‘There some anxiety about…

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Majālis, Mandlis and the Rejection of Zakāt in Ismā‘īlīsm

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Zakat-my-zakat-2.5Like other pillars of Islam, zakat is rejected in Ismailism. Instead, the followers of Aga Khan are required to pay something called dasond (دسوند). Unlike in Islam, where zakat is paid yearly on savings at the rate of 2.5% per annum, dasond is paid to Aga Khan monthly on earnings at the rate of 12.5% – 25% per month depending upon the level of membership a Ismaili holds in the Jamat.

1. What is Dasond?

The word dasond is a derivation from das-ans or das-ant, which means “tenth part”. A contribution of 10% means dasond. To this, a share of 2.5% is added for the current pir (پیر). In Ismailism, the shah (شاہ), which means the current Imām, is responsible for collecting the 10% dasond while the current pir is responsible for collecting 2.5% of his share. The present Aga Khan claims to be both the shah, as well…

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